October Readings

I’ll be back in LA for a reading and  launch party for my new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore   October 20th @  3:330 -4:00pm 


 also I’m performing bits from my first novel,

 “Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.”

 (in costume)  October 30th @  7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.”  1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 

Hope to see you there!

       E. E. King,  Dirk Quigby’s  Guide to the Afterlife



“Impish and delightful, a hilarious Zagat’s guide to heaven!”

Ray Bradbury


 “A fantastical, profound, hilarious and rollicking good ride through the heavens and hells of the

Afterlife! A wonderful book.”

—Margaret Cho



The New York Journal of Books.

“This is the most delightful book this reviewer has read in a while…. Evie King does a masterful job at mixing short vignettes of Dirk’s experience with the Devil, his travels to the many heavens, his newly discovered lover, and the factual descriptions of the final paradise of each faith.  The Guide to the Afterlife is a mixture of fact and fiction, faith and mysticism at its best.”


The Midwest Review of Books

Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife
E. E. King
Shopping around for where you spend eternity can prove quite overwhelming. “Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife: All You Need to Know to Choose the Right Heaven” is a humorous analysis of the world’s religions with a focus on the afterlife. Tying the analysis together with a quirky and offbeat novel, the laughs roll together well with plenty of substance. “Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife” is excellently composed and a read that is fun and very hard to set down.



Boring Is Safe

S. F. Weekly

It’s well-established that the devil has the best music, roller derby teams, and cocktail mixers, so we can assume his nine circles of eternal pain and suffering are overflowing with eager participants. The premise of author E.E. King’s first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, is that the devil, frustrated by hell’s overpopulation problem, hires an ad man to make plain-vanilla heaven appear more inviting. A mock ZAGAT Guide to the Lord’s domain, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife is a sly and satirical glimpse into what would happen if a Madison Avenue mad man gave heaven a PR makeover. King clearly relishes her many opportunities to skewer the advertising industry and the pious, indulging in jokes at the expense of religions both venerable (Catholicism) and questionable (Scientology). As the book’s framing narrative develops, the titular ad man finds that his succinct reviews of the world’s religions (using a convenient ZAGAT-style rating scale) inflame believers of all faiths. It’s a risk the real-life author is also taking. Considering her vocal support for scientific research and rational thought, and her role as an adviser for a number of science advocacy organizations, she probably doesn’t mind a bit of religious controversy. All the better for us nonbelieving heathens: As King demonstrates, the devil also has the best jokes

Publisher’s Weekly

This ecumenically snarky review of postlife paradises spares no religion–large (Roman Catholicism) or small (Zoroastrianism), venerable (ancient Greek) or modern (Scientology)–in its attempts to rate their various comforts and costs. …Not for the easily offended of any faith.





About E.E. King

Writing/Painting/Pilates/Scuba/Travel and animals...anything that won't pay the bills. I'm an unintentional nonprofit I've worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish I had chosen a different location. Check out my website and read a story, or better yet buy a book, painting or audio. UnfortunatelY, All of the profits go toward animal rescue.
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